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Marine Le Pen makes ‘OK’ hand gesture used by white supremacists

Frances far-right National Rally leader asks ally to remove controversial selfie from Facebook Marine Le Pen, the leader of Frances far-right part of the countrys coalition government, as part of cross-continent negotiations on setting up a new bloc of nationalist and far-right forces after European elections next week. She made the OK hand signal together with Ruuben Kaalep, a 25-year-old EKRE MP and the leader of its youth movement, and the Estonian politician uploaded the photograph to his Facebook page. I was in a selfie at his request, making a…

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Steve Bannon tells French far-right ‘history is on our side’

Former Trump adviser addresses Front National as Marine Le Pen attempts to relaunch her party Donald Trumps former adviser Steve Bannon has told Frances far-right Front National that, history is on our side and will bring us victory in an address to the partys conference. Announced as a surprise speaker at the event, Bannon said: You are part of a movement that is bigger than that in Italy, bigger than in Poland, bigger than in Hungary. As Bannon entered the hall to cheers and applause, the US flag was unfurled…

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Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War?

PARIS What French investigators found on the phones of the Muslim murderer who slaughtered 84 people on the promenade along the sea in Nice, France, on Thursday night should not be surprising. But it was. The cops were looking for imams. What they found were johns. It turns out Mohamed Mondher Larouaeij Bouhlel was a hustler, as one senior member of the French security establishment told The Daily Beast. He was inclined to have sex with any gender, and, according to a report in Le Parisien, which has strong law…

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Marine Le Pen defeated but France’s far right is far from finished | Angelique Chrisafis

Despite a heavy defeat in the presidential runoff, the Front Nationals chief concerns have become part of the national debate Frances far-right Front National will not disappear from the political landscape just because not met by the shock and mass street protests that greeted her fathers reaching the final in 2002. Political scientists have warned that no one should write off the French far right after Marine Le Pens presidential loss. The Front National has slowly been gaining ground for the last 45 years and its steady electoral increases must…

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French election: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron trade insults in TV debate

Majority of French people polled feel that centrist candidate outperformed far right leader in ill-tempered clash The independent centrist Marine Le Pen traded venomous personal insults and clashed over how to fix the sluggish French economy and fight terrorism in a bruising live TV presidential debate days before the final set up his neither right nor left movement En Marche! (On the Move) a year ago. Le Pen, who took over the far-right Front National from her father six years ago, has never held a ministerial or French parliament post.…

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Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon shakes up France’s presidential race

After strong performances in two debates, several new surveys show the Communist-backed candidates popularity surging The French Communist-backed presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is closing in on the frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, according to new polls. A rally held by Melenchon drew tens of thousands of supporters on Sunday, underlining his surging popularity just two weeks from the election on 23 April and adding new drama to a rollercoaster campaign. After strong performances in two televised debates, several surveys at the weekend showed him climbing to third position,…

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